DEC
2021
Small Business News & Events For You
"If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up some place else." 
– Yogi Berra

CLIENT SPOTLIGHT
Catching Up With The Energy Geek
An Interview with Wes Golomb About His New Book
We last caught up with SCORE Merrimack Valley client Wes Golomb in the fall of 2020. Back then, he was busy running The Energy Geek - a website dedicated to education about sustainability and energy efficiency - and working to write his first book. Now, a little over one year later, the book has officially been published and is available for purchase on Amazon and The Energy Geek website.

The book, “Warm and Cool Homes,” follows the journey of five homes to become energy efficient - four of which are officially net zero homes. Golomb said he hopes the book will not only provide actionable strategies that homeowners can use to reduce their carbon footprint, but also show that energy efficient homes are possible for anyone.

“I think people have this idea that building a house that’s not going to have a large carbon footprint is a fantasy, or something that other people do,” Golomb said. 

But in reality, the homes featured in the book belong to a wide range of individuals, from a very eco-friendly couple used to living a sustainable lifestyle to a banker with a high-end home.

The road to publishing the book was a long one, filled with lots of editing, perfecting and planning. Golomb credits his SCORE mentor, Heather Turner, for her support during this process. 

“Heather has been such a help and such a resource,” Golomb said. “She is such a patient and kind person.”

Now that the book has been released, Golomb said he plans to spend 2022 both promoting the book and working on accompanying videos that share more details, resources and tutorials for people who purchase a copy.

Once that work is done, Golomb said he has plans to complete another book, this time focused on the importance of bigger-picture climate action and legislation like the Green New Deal. In general, Golomb said he hopes to help inspire everyday citizens to do their part to help the planet.

“There is no one size fits all solution to climate,” he said. “But in our country, more than 40% of our energy is used by buildings, and everybody lives in a building. If everybody just did a little bit and took responsibility for the energy that they consume, we’d be better off.”

Get your own copy of Golomb’s book, “Warm and Cool Homes,” on Amazon in e-book or paperback, or by visiting his website - The Energy Geek - where you can get a special launch discount.
SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

In December, SCORE recognizes National Business Plan Month. SCORE has a number of resources to help you get started on a new business plan or better planning for your business in 2022.
Get the ultimate education in starting a new business. From validating your idea and creating a business plan to legal considerations and marketing, the Startup Roadmap is a free online course dedicated to helping you successfully start a business. Click here to access it now.

One key part of a good business plan are actionable, measurable goals. Use this article from SCORE to understand the best key metrics to track and measure performance for small businesses. Click here to access it now.

Funding your business is one of the most important aspects of a business plan. If you're struggling to find reliable financing for your new business, explore this article to learn why and how to help. Click here to access it now.

Every good business plan needs a clear mission statement. Discover why mission statements are so important for startups and small businesses - and get tips to write your own. Click here to access it now.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Ever wonder how diversity within your workplace could impact your bottom line? In this November 2021 article from Forbes, the impact of diversity on business success is clear.
Businesses large and small have been putting a growing emphasis on diversity within the workplace in recent years. But how does diversity in a business actually impact that business' bottom line?

According to the World Economic Forum, a Boston Consulting Group study found that companies with more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenues due to innovation. With a more diverse team of leaders and employees, businesses are able to benefit from varying perspectives and experience increased innovation.

And these benefits are not reserved for large corporations. Even small businesses can reap the benefits of improving diversity within their employees. Want to learn more about the impact of diversity on business growth? Click here to read the full article from Forbes.
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